Ngannou Snubs Joshua Bout, Prepared To Wait For A Fury Rematch

Mixed martial arts fighter Francis Ngannou says he is prepared to wait for a rematch with Tyson Fury rather than to take on Anthony Joshua.

The Cameroonian says he was willing to wait until after Fury fights Alexander Usyk, which means the fight can’t happen before mid-2024.

The 37-year-old mixed martial arts fighter was able to knock down undefeated WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury in the third round, in a professional boxing bout billed as “Battle of the Baddest” on October 28, 2023, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was able to take the fight all the way to the 10th round where the judges awarded the victory to Fury in a controversial split decision (95–94, 96–93, 94–95).

Ngannou is now poised for a rematch with Fury in a bid to underscore his supremacy and would wait for as long as it takes to do so.

“I would be willing to wait for Fury to fight Usyk. I know that they are going to fight; they have a contract already, so they are going to fight sometime in February instead of December 23, which is my fault. I shouldn’t have cut him. He would’ve fought on December 23, and maybe we would’ve run it back early next year,” Ngannou said.

Reacting to news of Joshua, through his promoter Eddie Hearns, saying he’s down to fight The Predator in Saudi Arabia on December 28, Ngannou asked if he was interested.

“First of all, it’s too soon. Secondly, my focus, as far as boxing is concerned, is a rematch with Tyson.

That’s the most important thing for me right now; everything else for boxing comes after,” he said.

Ngannou recently formally expressed his gratitude to Fury for accepting to fight him where others ducked, fearing uncertainties.

Eight days after his spectacular showing against the undefeated Briton, Ngannou took to his Instagram page to specially thank Fury for his sportsmanship and for giving him the opportunity to step into boxing on the world’s biggest stage.

“While some were too worried about how they might look, what they stood to lose, and what others would say, Tyson stood up and accepted this fight just out of his passion for war and to give the fans an action-packed night. I think we delivered on that.

“What a way to make my boxing debut and to bring together the two sports that I love. Thank you, Gipsy King.”
Ngannou is now one of the hottest names in all of combat sports, with a plethora of options at his disposal for his next move.

Appearing Wednesday on The MMA Hour, Ngannou’s longtime representative, Marquel Martin, declined to give exact figures regarding how much the former UFC champ earned against Fury but said that Ngannou’s professional boxing debut wound up being far more lucrative than anything the UFC presented their team.

“It’s up there. I would say up there. Multiples upon multiples upon multiples [more than the UFC],” he said.

“Still, you add up all of that; whatever you want to say, no, Francis did not fumble the bag. He’s gotten, with just that one fight, more than everything he could have made [in the UFC] combined.

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